Tell us what defines you as a person.
That's quite a difficult question, as I don't think there's one single thing that 'defines' me as a person. I think the main thing is that I try to treat people the same way I'd like for them to treat me, with respect, honesty...
I'm also incredibly curious and I want to know how everything works, from seeing a crochet plushie (that actually got me to teach myself how to crochet) to try figuring out how people think, how the human mind works. I'm too curious for my own good, haha. How did you found out about deviantART and why did you join the community?
I found out about deviantART when a friend of mine had his URL in his MSN name around 8 years ago. I clicked it and I liked what I saw, so I joined without realizing that I'd stick around for so long! When and how did you discover your passion for art?
I often get this question asked and I can't really answer, 'cause I don't remember. There wasn't just one single moment where I realized 'hey, I like doing this' or something. I used to write a lot of poems when I was younger, even before the age of 12, but I also took photographs already back then. I've been into digital art for a while, but when I didn't get the results I wanted it has been put on the backburner (or off the stove completely really, haha). I don't really remember when I got my first camera, but I bought my first 'real' camera when I was around 14 or 15, I think. Photography has always been a huge part of my life, because I grew up with family and friends that always had everything photographed. Over the years I just realized this is what I like to do most of all and I often get compliments, so it also might be something I'm actually good at, although I don't always think that way myself What inspires you the most and when do you think your creativity is at its maximum?
Nature, most definitely. I love nature, I've always loved nature. My parents always took me outside and when we went on holidays we went camping. I've always had a special thing for water and we usually were close to creeks, lakes, oceans or seas. I could walk for hours through forests, but I can also sit and watch waves for hours. Nature inspires me most because the littlest things I love are part of nature, but the biggest things I love are also nature. Nature's everywhere and she's beautiful. What do you think you'd be doing if you hadn't chosen this path?
Probably something else which involves being creative. Like I mentioned above, I taught myself how to crochet and how to make plushies. I could probably do a lot more with that if I'd invest the time I spend on photography on crochet and writing patterns. Photography is my passion, crochet is my hobby. I'd like to see it that way. What do you think it's your most meaningful deviation and what makes it special? Does it have a story behind it?
I had to think about this a bit. I often get the question which one of my deviations my favorite one would be, but never the most meaningful.
I think it's this one, Rigor Mortis
. It's far from my most popular deviation and it's not a 'positive' personal favorite, but it's definitely my most meaningful deviation because of the story behind it. It's not in the description because I didn't want the story to overshadow the photograph. I was in a very bad place in my life back then, and I realized that wasn't where I wanted to stay at. I needed to close it off and I think this shot, combined with the title, gave me something that at the time felt like closure. Do you have any insecurities regarding your art?
Oh, god yes. Ever since I studied at the Dutch School for Photography for a short while, I pay much more attention to composition, light, rule of thirds, subjects, background, etc. Maybe too much. It's hard for me to really like the photographs I make. When I realized this, I 'froze'. I couldn't even pick up my camera for months, almost a year. Why would I, if I didn't like the results anyway? The community actually made me realize that being your own biggest critic isn't necessarily a bad thing. It makes me want to improve myself, learn more, get better. It's okay to make mistakes, it's okay to retry something. It's okay to try new things. How can you be good at something if you've never tried it? Did art ever helped you to deal with your life problems?
Very much! It hasn't always been photography, but when I was younger my poems really helped me out. Later on it grew to be photography. Sometimes I need to get out of the house, go to the beach or a forest, bring my camera and walk. I sometimes don't even get my camera out of my bag, but it clears my mind.
I can 'vent' with my photographs, I don't always need words. I try to capture certain moods in my photographs and I'm proud when I succeed. What is the one thing you always wanted to do but never got a chance to?
Visit the countries on my endless list of 'countries to visit' and 'places to go to'. Who knows, maybe some day! A few words for our fellow artists?
Never give up. If you feel like you have a writers block, don't feel like taking your camera out of the bag; do it anyway. If you feel your art isn't good enough; try again. Learn. Get better. And be proud when you nailed it!
They'll slice down your throat until you choke on your blood
They'll envelop your lungs while you drown like a flood
They'll cut at your limbs and smash all your bones
They'll rip your frail skin from your head to your toes
They run all your days; They foster your lives
They make decisions on who lives or dies
They'll influence you to choose between sides
They are always watching wherever you hide
So you can kiss your protection and privacy goodbye
As you struggle to cope with who, what, and why
And you and I both know fate has no place
In the fight for supremacy, name, age, and race
They battle each other for the ri
the sonnet and the breeze.she was a sonnet and he was a breeze
they both resembled their essence with ease
for the soul is expressed in the strangest of ways
and in all aspects their nature they conveyed
she was dulcet, and sonorous of mind
with treble clef skin and eighth note eyes
she danced on ballads and spoke in verse,
pulse singing in measures unrehearsed
he dwelt transient as all breezes do
wistful and fleeting, he roamed in pursuit
of all the unfathomed, but he never stayed long
before the sun's rising he would always be gone
they met in a clash of whisper and rhyme
(he breathed hello, she hummed a sigh)
and 'neath the morning they judged one ano
Under WrapsRobert smirked as he texted on his cell phone. The last two beauties he spoke with will be perfect for the syndicate and thus would surely get him the rank he always desired. The red haired girl with tan complexion and wearing a blue tee shirt that cut off at her navel with a pair of blue jeans was just what Sergei ordered and she was safely bound tight in the back storage room out cold. She whimpered and moaned slightly as the tight wrappings of the cloth covered her mouth and bound hear arms to her side as she lay in fetal position. "mmmpph?" she barely could make a muffled cry and was monitored by baby monitors spread around the storag
Four letter wordsLove
In his family, it's nothing but
Just a four letter word
"You're a fat and ugly smut"
They say and throw out the baby bird
Of the nest above.
He lost his mind, he is not sane -
A word with four letters
Anyway, he's his own bane
Voices in his head are his fetters
They drove him insane
Doctors vow and give him a pill
Four letters, no meaning
He takes what will not fulfill
Vows to stop suicidal leaning
No-one hears his yelp
Of getting better, he lost it
The shallow four letters
Realizes bit by bit
Insanity he never betters
Alone he can't cope
He tried to kill himself again
Life - it is just a wor
Love Your Labyrinth "How will I ever get out of this Labyrinth?"
~Last Words of Simon Bolivar
Alaska Young provides us with an answer of almost childlike simplicity.
"Straight and Fast."
The shortest distance between two points in traditional Euclidean Geometry is a straight line. From a purely goal oriented and objective viewpoint she is very much correct. Who needs Ariadne's string or the insider knowledge of the architect when you can barge through like the Juggernaut, turning walls to rubble or performing the trifecta of rule breaking. Just slip on your fox hat and book it until you're out. Right?
"Straight and Fast?"
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